@FLHTCUI- Romney doesn't want to cut medicare or social security for current recipients or those 55 & over. His position is to modify the system so it won't go broke (which it is close to doing). It would only effect those under 55. You've been listening to CNN and msnbc too much. Besides, Medicare and Social Security shouldn't even be included in the federal budget as they are funded by payroll taxes specifically earmarked for those programs.
When tax dollars are put in the general fund instead of their special accounts, it is nothing more than an opportunity for the politicians to steal it and spend it on programs totally unrelated to Med & SS. Another reason why the system is going broke.
If you look at the history of SS from the time FDR set it up, it was to help people save for retirement, not a retirement system, in and of itself, but a supplement. It was also supposed to be voluntary, never to be taxed and to be funded 1/3 by the employee, 1/3 by the employer and 1/3 by the government. The last 1/3 has never been put in. One thing nobody talks about are the people who paid into the system but will never collect a dime from it.
In 1987, the law was changed for people who had another pension plan in addition to SS like PERS, SERS, STRS, etc. Even though these people may have worked in the private sector and paid into SS, they were told that they could only have one, the greater of the 2 or they would be double dipping. This is pure BS. With the number of people in this country receiving SSI who never paid into the system, why should those who did be denied? Also SSI is not taxable income, SS benefits can be, depending on one's income. Now that's real fair, isn't it?
July 8, 2012 at 10:26 a.m.
@doubled- I guess one man's trash is another man's treasure- Of the Items listed above as accomplishments, 8 of them have in one manner or fashion divided this country and I certainly would not consider them accomplishments. Most of the items you mention were just payback to special interest groups for giving him election money. When you control the White House and BOTH houses of Congress, you better get something done. It just a shame WHO he has done it TO!
July 7, 2012 at 6:22 p.m.
@gdog4766- dead from the neck up- huh? My point exactly!
July 7, 2012 at 12:34 p.m.
@danikytn- Please share with us what progress the president has made in the last 3 1/2 years except running up almost $6 trillion of additional debt for our grand kids to pay off.The economy and job creation is being crushed by a multitude of new regulations from the EPA and other agencies. We can all look forward to higher utility bills and unemployment from this. As far as the economy itself, let's remember January 2007 when the Dems took over the House and the Senate. You can thank Barney Frank and Chris Dodd for the mess in the Housing industry and Banking industry and let's not forget Sen. Obama's speech about how unconscionable it would be to raise the debt ceiling even further. HMMMM... seems he forgot all about that last year when he wanted it raised.
Since the majority of voters in this county seem to be dead from the neck up and would vote for Donald Duck if he had a "D" after his name on the ballot, we might as well dust off the lists of all the people in our cemetaries so they can vote early and vote often- like they do in Chicago- to make sure we get another 4 years of misery, division, unemployment, food stamps, welfare and oh yes- more taxes on the working people in this country so more and more non-contributors can ride in the wagon the rest of us are pulling!
July 7, 2012 at 12:19 p.m.
@bsdtwd- Why do the millionaires have to pay higher taxes? It's their money, not yours. They earned it, not you. I am no where close to being in that income bracket, but it makes me want to vomit when I hear you democrats crying that you don't have enough money to spend on your social programs. It's because of these social programs that this country is in the shape that it is in. We have too many people voting for a living and not enough working for a living. It is not a "rich know best mentality" - it is the majority of the working people of this country being tired of having the fruits of their labor confiscated by politicians and given to those who make no contribution.
Social Security and Medicare need to be preserved. The rest of Johnson's great society programs and the others that followed need to be scrapped. We do not need any more single mothers with 5 children from 5 different partners getting free housing, food, utilities, medical care, etc, while the rest of us pay for it while trying to provide for our own families!
May 20, 2012 at 9:07 p.m.
The problems we face today exist because the people who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.
February 25, 2012 at 8:48 a.m.
Do you remember January 3, 2007??
The day the Democrats took over was not January 22nd 2009, it was actually January 3rd 2007,the day the Democrats took over the House of Representatives and the Senate, at the very start of the 110th Congress.The Democratic Party controlled a majority in both chambers for the first time since the end of the 103rd Congress in 1995.
For those who are listening to the liberals propagating the fallacy that everything is "Bush's Fault", think about this:January 3rd, 2007, the day the Democrats took over the Senate and the Congress:The DOW Jones closed at 12,621.77The GDP for the previous quarter was 3.5%The Unemployment rate was 4.6%George Bush's Economic policies SET A RECORD of 52 STRAIGHT MONTHS of JOB CREATION!Remember that day...January 3rd, 2007 was the day that Barney Frank took over the House Financial Services Committee and Chris Dodd took over the Senate Banking Committee.The economic meltdown that happened 15 months later was in what part of the economy?BANKING AND FINANCIAL SERVICES!THANK YOU DEMOCRATS (especially Barney) for taking us from 13,000 DOW, 3.5 GDP and 4.6% Unemployment...to this CRISIS by (among MANY other things) dumping 5-6 TRILLION Dollars of toxic loans on the economy from YOUR Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac FIASCOES!
(BTW: Bush asked Congress 17 TIMES to stop Fannie & Freddie -starting in 2001 because it was financially risky for the US economy). Barney blocked it and called it a "Chicken Little Philosophy" (and the sky did fall!)And who took the THIRD highest pay-off from Fannie Mae AND Freddie Mac? OBAMAAnd who fought against reform of Fannie and Freddie?OBAMA and the Democrat Congress, especially BARNEY!!!! So when someone tries to blame Bush...REMEMBER JANUARY 3rd, 2007.... THE DAY THE DEMOCRATS TOOK OVER!"Bush may have been in the car but the Democrats were in charge of the gas pedal and steering wheel they were driving the economy into the ditch. Budgets do not come from the White House.. They come from Congress and the party that controlled Congress since January 2007 is the Democratic Party. Furthermore, the Democrats controlled the budget process for 2008 & 2009 as well as 2010 & 2011.
In that first year, they had to contend with George Bush, which caused them to compromise on spending, when Bush somewhat belatedly got tough on spending increases.
For 2009 though, Nancy Pelosi & Harry Reid bypassed George Bush entirely, passing continuing resolutions to keep government running until Barack Obama could take office. At that time, they passed a massive omnibus spending bill to complete the 2009 budget.
And where was Barack Obama during this time? He was a member of that very Congress that passed all of these massive spending bills, and he signed the omnibus bill as President to complete 2009.
February 25, 2012 at 8:41 a.m.
Tigerlilly, Think121 & AAC- Why don't you and Boob Hagan all move to SF so you can party with Nancy Pelosi and while you are at it, take timmie with you, too.
We have had enough of your type. You destroyed the steel industry here and anytime some alternative project comes along, your out front leading the fight to kill it.
We have had enough crybabies holding this area back. When I look at Akron, Canton and Pittsburgh who all went through what y-town did and where they are today, it makes me sick to think what we might have been. We have had too many Boob Hagans and Big Mouth Betrases destroying this city and the worst culprits are the voters themselves who keep re-electing these idiots. But then I guess when is see the mentality of the voters, most of whom have little education and live on those of us who do work, why would they want to change it?
November 29, 2011 at 2:20 p.m.
You are right FE. Hagan has got to go. The only problem is that the voters here keep sending the idiot back!
Until the people here demand results and send reps to Columbus and DC that have Vision, this area will continue to be the #1 poverty area in the US.
November 28, 2011 at 7:58 a.m.
VindyPost- What Jim Mora said had nothing to do with this article or the discussion at hand. If you can't make an intelligent contribution stay out of the conversation.
Remember what Mark Twain said, " It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt."
November 27, 2011 at 10:27 p.m.